For me it solves a long-time dilemma and I am enjoying it more – says Howard Popeck

My topic today (and I apologise if it might seem like a sermon; not my intention I assure you) is the problem of extremes. By this I mean the high-end system which extends the extremes with, as a consequence, better sounding better AND, worse sounds worse. You must have experienced this surely? In a nutshell, […]

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Guest writer and contributing editor Howard Popeck get interviewed by Neil McCauley. Part 1 of 3

Editor’s introduction Mr. P has been around the block in this industry since 1976. Behind his occasionally abrasive stance he’s got a treasure trove of memories, anecdotes and opinions. I managed to prise a few of these out of him in this 3-part series. I hope you enjoy the ride. Thank you / Neil McCauley […]

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Howard Popeck get interviewed by Neil McCauley. Part 2 of 3

Music. What about that? I love the music of J S Bach and that of The Who – and much else besides. Equipment? I think vintage Meridian equipment cannot be over praised and that their modern stuff is technically brilliant but musically soulless for me. It’s just an opinion. I guess I’m as likely to […]

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A daily dose of Hughes; Jimmy Hughes aka James Michael Hughes

  Decca Get It WRONG! Today, when you sample vintage recordings on CD, some of the classic Decca recordings now seem a bit over-lit and rather obviously multi-miked. They’re still very exciting to listen to, but the engineering seems a wee bit obtrusive and gimmicky. Conversely, recordings which on LP once seemed slightly reticent and […]

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A recipe for high-end

Paul McGowan ….. Words, tastes, sights, sounds are specific recipes that activate neuro transmitters in our brains that bring meaning to each.  I know it’s the engineer in me that brings this to your attention, but how things work fascinates me. When you taste something it is a specific formulation of the 5 primary tastes […]

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JOHN CAGE: Ten ways to fall in love with him

  Philip Clark travels to Manhattan and absorbs the sounds surrounding the composer’s apartment in order to understand why Cage wrote the things he did. For those new to Cage’s philosophies and music, here are ten points of departure… 1) Gramophone recommended recording: The Seasons. Suite for Toy Piano (orch L Harrison) Concerto for Prepared […]

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Why do men cling to the music they grew up with?

  Our tastes evolve when it comes to food, fashion and books, yet we remain faithful to the record collections of our formative years, says Chris Moss. On a recent, carefully audience-targeted BBC4 music show, I was dismayed to see a chubby fiftysomething Morrissey performing ‘Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want’ on […]

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CLASSE: Sigma Mono

The Sigma MONO is the reference design for the proprietary Classé amplifier platform introduced in the Delta series CA-D200 and Sigma AMP2 and AMP5 models. With completely separate chassis for each channel, the monaural amplifier architecture eliminates the possibility of crosstalk between channels and allows speaker cable lengths to be held to a minimum to […]

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Comfort OR better sound; can you have both? Howard Popeck ponders on this

In the mid 1980s, just when I thought it was safe to relax in our demonstration rooms at Subjective Audio and enjoy the music … Linn made the public and the industry aware of the damage an extra pair of speakers in that room might be inflicting on the music. The era of the single-speaker […]

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